SPRINGS OF LIFE
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” (NASB)
Before I could think, cognitively that is, my beliefs were already well established.
As a baby, I asked, “Can I trust the world?” The virtue of hope was being formed in the depths of my soul.
AS a toddler, I asked, “Is it okay to be me?” My will was coming into its place.
Then, as a young child, I asked, “Can I do and create?” I looked for a sense of purpose.
Belief, about God, the world, who I am and what I can do is much deeper than thoughts. This source of my perception and trust lives in the secret places of my heart. IT is often out of cognitive reach, making my dependence on God absolutely necessary.
I am intrigued and encouraged by this truth: IT would be easy to feel accused because I still encounter old beliefs that need to be transformed. Had it been entirely up to me, I would have changed them years ago. I didn’t even know they existed, however; it took God’s revelation at just the right moment to bring the perfect healing and change.
Thoughts are certainly important. They are the grapes in the winepress of my mind, the materials from which new beliefs will be made; therefore, I do well to monitor, feed and govern them. God has provided many ways to do this: Prayer, Bible study, meditation on His Word, fellowship, teaching, the discipline of mindfulness and repentance.
So then, God has the primary role in my formation and destiny. He knew who I was before anyone even had the slightest inkling that I would exist. He chose my family, created good works for me to do, gave me talents, gifts and unique personal traits.
I have my place as well. It is up to me to steward all of the riches given to me by God. Trust, obedience and cooperation are the keys.
Such a wonderful partnership! God could have made us like robots, easily programmed. Instead, he chose to give us freedom so that He could have intimate relationships with us. How loving is that!
Posted on October 12, 2015, in Bible verses, essays, musings and tagged belief, God, growth, healing, heart, living, love, partnership, soul, thoughts, transformation, trust. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.